Saturday, 22 September 2018

Stone the crows! What on earth is Depp wearing now?

JOHNNY DEPP seems to be making a habit of dressing himself up in outlandish costumes and remodelling himself as a haggard Keith Richards lookalike.

Film: The Lone Ranger

Certificate: (12A)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Ruth Wilson

JOHNNY DEPP seems to be making a habit of dressing himself up in outlandish costumes and remodelling himself as a haggard Keith Richards lookalike.

Just as we’d got used to the Jack Sparrow incarnation, he turns up with a face daubed in white mud and sporting a dead crow on his head as Native American Tonto in this latest movie adaptation of the Lone Ranger story.

This action-adventure-comedy-Western begins with a small boy in a Lone Ranger costume visiting a Wild West exhibit in San Francisco in 1933 (which happens to be the year the Lone Ranger was first invented). As he gazes at a model of Tonto, the statue starts to move, and so begins the story as relayed in flashbacks.

It’s the tale of John (Armie Hammer), a young man with a law degree and a passion for justice who arrives in a Texas town. His brother Dan, a ranger, persuades him to join his posse on an outing to track down Butch Cavendish. After a violent show-down, John wakes up in a grave, with Tonto standing over him. And so one of the greatest partnerships in Western lore is born. The pair pretty soon acquire all the bits and pieces that go with the legend, including Silver the horse and various catchphrases.

This $250 million budget movie has been a bit of a flop in America, but it has received some good reviews in this country, most notably in Empire magazine, where the reviewer remarked on a funny scene involving Helena Bonham Carter as a wild madame, and a train crash to beat all train crashes. Perhaps it’s still true we Brits appreciate subtle tongue-in-cheek humour better.

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